STUDENTS’ STORIES FIND HOME IN YES! MAGAZINE
Two Kent State Honors College students were recently recognized in YES! Magazine’s Fall 2019 National Student Writing Competition. Madison Greene, a junior majoring in communications studies, was recognized as the contest’s University Winner for her essay, “Carrying the Torch.” The essay written by Jenna Robinson, a junior honors student majoring in political science, was one of several recognized as a “literary gem” and excerpted on YES! Magazine’s website.
Both Greene and Robinson were students in Karen Cunningham’s Honors Introduction to Conflict Management course during the fall 2019 semester. Professor Cunningham, who teaches in Kent State’s School of Peace and Conflict Studies, has incorporated YES! Magazine’s writing competition into several of her courses during the past several years, and she emphasizes it most in her Introduction to Conflict Management course.
According to Cunningham, “YES! focuses on [publishing] articles and getting students to think about creating positive change in the world, which is a major focus of our program as well.” Cunningham also stated that the topics and writing prompts provided by the YES! contest “tend to produce some great writing from students and encourage deep reflection about important issues or our relationships with others.” Several years ago, YES! Magazine asked Cunningham to write an article about the impact of her choice to incorporate the writing competition into her courses, in which Cunningham states that the writing competition “addressed the missing elements” in her teaching, as the writing prompts challenge students to apply the skills and practices they learn in their courses.
Cunningham’s decision to incorporate the competition into her curriculum has been well received by her students: Greene stated that she really appreciated her professor encouraging her and her fellow students to write for the competition. Cunningham herself has also found the process enriching, as she said that students’ submissions are “often really inspirational” and give her hope for the future. To read samples of Greene and Robinson’s award-winning work, visit the YES! Magazine website.
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Madison Greene, University Winner of YES! Magazine's Fall 2019 National Student Writing Competition.
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Jenna Robinson, whose essay was recognized in YES! Magazine's Fall 2019 National Student Writing Competition.
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